Physiology of Training and Performance Enhancement - SPOR5640

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) James Hopker checkmark-circle


This module aims to increase the student's knowledge and understanding of the physiology governing sports performance. Contemporary training methods will be discussed. It also further develops the skills necessary to analyse and critically assess performance. Practical sessions will be conducted to reinforce theoretical knowledge.
The following indicative topics covered in this module are:
- Submaximal and maximal determinants of exercise performance
- Strength and power in athletic performance
- Processes of fatigue and implications for training
- Contemporary issues in training
- Monitoring training and recovery


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Coursework (2,500 words) (100%)

Indicative reading

Brooks, G. Fahey, T. White, T. Baldwin, K. (2005) Exercise Physiology. Human Bioenergetics and its Applications (4th Ed.) McGraw Hill.
Eston, R. Reilly, T. (Eds) (2009) Kinanthropometry and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual. Test, Procedures and Data (3rd Ed.). Routledge: London.
Tanner, R. Gore, C. (Eds.) (2013) Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes (2nd Ed.) Human Kinetics.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Understand the integrated nature of exercise physiology
Critically analyse the key physiological components required in sport and exercise related activities
Critically analyse contemporary issues in relation to exercise physiology and training.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to integrate key skills in communication and presentation via the use of student lead practicals and presentations on a variety of subject specific material with both individual and group settings used.
Demonstrate an ability to integrate key skills in numeracy and information technology – evidenced via analysing data collected when carrying out the battery of tests with clients and through the use of appropriate information technology in order to analyse a battery of tests.
Demonstrate an ability to integrate key skills in problem solving – achieved through the ability to successfully analyse and interpret the requirements of the written coursework assessment.
Plan and manage learning - through completing the extra self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assignments and tasks set during this module.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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